GEOL 470: Environmental Hydrogeology

 Outline for Spring 1998
(next scheduled: Spring 2001)

Professor: Doug Hammond

 Office: SCI 325
telephone: 213-240-5837

 Lectures TTh 2:00-3:30

 Field trips: TBA

Course Description:
The course presents principles of hydrogeology and contaminant behavior, illustrating their applications to environmental problems. Instruction will include several lectures by practicing environmental geologists. Case studies will be integrated into the discussion. In addition to scheduled lectures, class time will be allocated to discussion of problem sets, term projects, and current issues in the news.


 Time allocated

1. Introduction
a) Common Contaminants
b) Sources of Contaminants
c) Key physical and chemical properties of contaminants
d) Scope of hydrogeology

 1 week


2. Groundwater Chemistry
a) Review of chemical equilibria
b) Chemical evolution of natural waters: Rainfall to seawater
c) Sampling and Analytical techniques
d) Statistical considerations
e) Organic nomenclature
f) Chemical Uses in Industry/Identifying Sources and Culprits

 4 weeks



3. Principles of Hydrology
a) Darcy's Law and the water table
b) Aquifers: Stratigraphy and physical characteristics
c) Drilling and logging techniques
d) Well construction and aquifer testing
e) Groundwater tracers and age dating
f) Surface hydrology: Precipitation, runoff, and floods

 3 weeks



4. Mass Transport Phenomena and Modeling
a) Advection, diffusion, and dispersion
b) Adsorption and retardation; Complexing, chelation, and colloids
c) Vapor Phase Transport

 2 weeks

5. Remediation, regulations, and case studies
a) Remediation techniques
b) Landfills
c) Regulations
d) LA Basin hydodrogeology
e) LA Basin contamination issues
f) Other examples

  2 weeks



Grading: Midterm Exam 25%
Term Paper 20%
Exercises and Problem Sets 25%
Final Exam 30%

Text: C. W. Fetter (1992), Contaminant Hydrogeology, Macmillan, New York, 458pp.

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